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Tomorrow’s Election

I am Canadian. I love being Canadian, and I harbour no secret, unadmitted desire to be anything other than Canadian.

But I will freely and unashamedly admit that I am interested in and fascinated by the politics of the United States. And why not? I should think that after drifting through 30-some years uninvolved, uninformed, and apolitical, investing the next 15 or so into learning about the politics of a powerful nation whose actions have a profound effect on those who live outside their borders – and whose policies can (and do, in fact) influence the decisions made by some of MY country’s political leaders – would not go amiss.

So as you might imagine, today’s BlogHer prompt wasn’t a difficult one to address.

NaBloPoMo November 2012 Prompt
Monday, November 5, 2012:

What are your thoughts about tomorrow’s election in the United States?

My thoughts?

Mostly negative, I’m afraid.

I am mystified by those who claim to be undecided, even at this late stage.

On the other hand, I am angered by the rampant manipulation of truth, designed to obfuscate and confuse.

I am bewildered by those who choose not – or can’t be bothered – to get out and vote.

On the other hand, I despise the actions of those who would make it inordinately difficult, or in many cases impossible, for citizens to exercise this fundamental right.

I don’t understand those who vote along party lines whether or not it is in their own best interests.

I am puzzled by those who claim that both presidential candidates are basically the same, and urge others to spend their vote on a third-party candidate who has zero chance of being elected.

I am disgusted by the astronomical sums of money and resources spent on political ads and events… funding that could have been used in so many more productive and helpful ways to benefit the very electorate being wooed.

Most of all, I will be glad and relieved when it’s all over for another four years.

What are your thoughts?

Laurel Regan – Writer, tangler, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, cat herder, needle felter, iPhoneographer, Growlita, iFan, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Jenn November 5, 2012

    I hope everyone who is able, gets out and votes. I realize not everyone is in a capacity to vote, (those on life support, etc.). I realize that everyone comes at this election with different backgrounds and different life experiences. This will shape how they vote tomorrow. I am all for letting people have their say, whether I agree with them or not, because this is part of the process. Many do not realize we actually vote for an electoral college, not the actual candidate, when it comes to the President, so it is possible for a person running for president to win the popular vote and not win the electoral college. And the president is chosen by the electoral college. I just hope it isn’t that close this time.

    Many will grumble, as our nation has become so polarized and so divided by politics, and some have promised to riot if the vote doesn’t go their way. I say that is ridiculous, as we are all adults and we should be able to handle it like adults if we don’t like the outcome. Our country affords for peaceful protesting in our Constitution not rioting. There is a process–and if we all partake in the process, the outcome will be what it will be and ultimately, I believe the process works.

    At least that is my hope :) Cheers, Jenn
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  • Winnie November 6, 2012

    Interesting points you brought up. I concur on most. I will always vote, and it was instilled in us by my parents. My hubby and are will be cancelling out each others votes. But it is with my heart and head that I am expressing my wishes, as he is as well. One will be happy, the other sad, but it what makes our country work. The negativity of the campaigns are enough for EVERYONE to be glad when this is over.
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  • Kathy November 7, 2012

    This election my husband and I were on opposing sides. My side won. YAY!! I feel my decision was made after watching all the televised debates.

    Like you, I am glad it is over. I was tired of all the mud slinging.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com
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